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Know How to Help Your Aging Pet

Know How to Help Your Aging Pet

One of the difficult aspects of having a pet is the brevity of their lives in comparison to your own. Dogs and cats become part of the family and losing them after only a decade, or two if you’re lucky, is never easy. There are ways to improve the quality of your pet’s life as they age, possibly lengthening the time you have with them.

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How Pets Age

The popular theory of “one dog year is equal to seven human years” isn’t entirely accurate, although it gives a rough idea of the aging process for canines and even felines, to a certain extent. Dogs up to about 25 pounds age similarly to cats, while larger dogs tend to age more rapidly. The first 6 months of your pet’s life equate to 5 to 10 human years. By the time a kitten or puppy reaches their first birthday, they are about the equivalent of a 15 year old child. The second year ages most pets to about a human’s mid-20’s. From there, each pet year adds an average of 4 human years.

Dogs as a species average just over an 11-year lifespan. Cats are closer to 15 years. According to the ASPCA, dogs become “seniors” between their seventh and tenth birthdays, with the larger breeds reaching that milestone sooner. Cats reach their golden years at age 10 and above.

Signs of an Aging Pet

A graying muzzle and fur is a common sign of aging in dogs. Hearing tends to dull in older dogs and hours of sleep often increase. Cats become less active and also sleep more as they age. Both cats and dogs are susceptible to joint issues, which will affect their ability to walk, run, jump and play. Your vet may recommend a joint supplement like NuJoint Plus for an aging pet or a breed that has decreased mobility. Your pet may show an aversion to being touched if an age-related health concern is at work.

Dealing with an Aging Pet

Your dog is going to age relatively quickly in the grand scheme of things, so it’s important to be well informed about this process and understand the changes you will have to make as time goes on. If you have an adult pet who will be heading toward senior status in a few years, or your pet is currently enjoying the golden years of life, these tips can help you maneuver this time and allow you to provide your pet with the highest quality of life.

  • Your furry friend is likely to suffer in silence as he ages. Increasing your veterinarian visits to twice a year is a proactive way to help your senior pet age gracefully. Be aware of changes in appetite, sleep patterns, activity level and verbal communications like whining or barking. These may indicate normal aging in a cat or dog, but it could be a more serious issue that your vet can address.
  • Choose a senior pet food for your dog and feed your pet smaller meals at more frequent intervals throughout the day. Senior pet foods are formulated to be easier to digest for older dogs, and often contain ingredients that are designed to help older dogs with the consequences of aging.
  • If you haven’t done so already, add a nutritional supplement to your dog’s diet. Supplements such as NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus are designed to help aging pets as they enter this stage of life. These supplements provide dogs with all of the vitamins and nutrients that they need, and promotes joint health, bone health and immune system health.
  • Add an extra blanket to your dog’s bed. Older dogs have a more difficult time regulating their own body temperature, and may feel cold more often.
  • Continue exercising your dog on a regular basis, but understand your pet’s limitations during this stage of life. Take your dog on shorter walks, and be sure to walk them at a slow and comfortable pace.

An aging pet requires extra care and attention, as their health issues can have a significant impact on their daily lives. A nutritional supplement, such as the expert formula offered by NuVet Labs, can help dogs live long, healthy, happy lives. These supplements are designed to help boost a dog’s immune system, and can help strengthen the dog’s body for a better quality of life. Talk with your veterinarian to see if NuVet Plus or NuJoint Plus is the right supplement choice for your pet.

Learn more about how to help your pet by visiting the NuVet blog.

Whey Protein For Feline Health

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Whey Protein for Feline Health

While your cat might be fluffy, sweet and loveable at its core, your furry feline pal is still a carnivore. As carnivores, cats are attracted to and crave protein – specifically the protein found in meat.

Many dry cat food products are created from protein sources, such as chicken or fish. However, your cat’s nutritional needs may not be completely met by these dry pet foods. Most veterinarians will recommend that you add a nutritional supplement, such as NuVet Plus, to your cat’s diet. The addition of a high quality supplement will ensure your furry friend receives the necessary amount of protein in their daily diet. When choosing a feline supplement, one of the most important ingredients to look for is whey protein.

What is Whey Protein?


Whey is one of the two proteins found in milk. Whey protein is found in milk during the process of making cheese. It separates from the casein protein found in milk as a by-product of the cheese making process and is considered a complete protein.

What Are The Benefits?

• Whey protein is one of the most important protein sources for animals that are carnivores. Just like how many people use this protein for muscle production, cats need it for the same purpose. It helps to build new muscle mass as well as maintain the muscle mass that exists already. By building muscles and keeping muscles healthy, your furry friend will have an improved quality of life.

• Whey protein will also help keep your cat’s metabolic rate in check, ensuring that it consumes, processes and uses all of its nutrients in the best way possible. This protein is a highly-digestible and complete protein containing 20 amino acids including methionine, lysine, and taurine. Cats are unable to produce the amino acid taurine, which is important in promoting a healthy immune system and supporting other body functions.

• Research has found that whey protein has as many health benefits for cats as it does for people. Whey protein is low in lactose content. Therefore, it is safe and healthy to give to cats in the form of a supplement.

• Cats that have a protein deficiency can experience various health issues. Essential nutrients, like whey protein, can help to ensure that your cat gets all of the protein it needs in order to support a healthy immune system. The amino acids in the whey protein promote humoral immunity.

NuVet Plus Feline Formula

Whey protein is a key ingredient found in the feline formula of NuVet Plus. NuVet Labs has worked for 8 years to develop a formula that specifically benefits cats. Many companies simply produce a pet supplement product designed for all domesticated animals, but the NuVet Plus feline formula is truly made for that special cat in your life. It is composed of natural antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, herbs and more to provide a complete nutritional supplement that helps to boost the immune system and defend your feline companion against free radicals.

For more information on whey protein and the NuVet Plus feline formula, visit the NuVet Labs product page today.